UPDATE 12/01/2017: Still grinding along... Did they fire all the good writers and directors here, or what? Are these newest episodes also of shorter duration, or does it just seem that way? None of these Season 8 Episodes so far, are worth a re-watch, and that's a first for this series! It pains me to say this!
I've enjoyed "The Walking Dead" since its inception on DVD, and that's unusual for me, as zombies aren't my thing. Still, the conclusion of Season One, Episode 06: TS-19, locked me into watching Season Two, where my total frustration with Hershel, Shane and Rick had me talking to myself! From there on out I've been a fan, purchasing every season on DVD, as soon as it comes out. And fans will forgive a few things, but those things do not generally include an absurd absence of logic.
SPOILER: The scene in Season 8 where Rick and his people have penetrated Negan's compound, armed to the teeth, protected behind a staggered vehicular shield-wall, yet close enough to have a shouting conversation with the grandstanding Negan (as out in the open as you could hope to get him), and nobody thinks to take a single shot at the SOB?! WTF?! A well-placed bolt (arrow) from Daryl's compound crossbow would've ended Negan right there, and surely one of the rifles could've taken him out. Hell, just wounding the SOB is a worthy achievement! But no, they palaver on instead, ignoring the opportunity and allowing Negan to strut his fast-growing-tiresome stuff. It's absurd!
We all saw the train come off the rails with "Dexter", when they got rid of all the talented writers and began pursuing absurd story lines; I didn't even finish the series... Any more mindless scenes like the one described above, and I'll likely walk away from this one too.
Sagas go Through Three Basic Stages (a little like careers do): Stage One: A Challenge Stage Two: An Adventure Stage Three: A Grind
So far, the first two episodes of "Season 8 of The Walking Dead" swing between motivational speeches and protracted scenes of ultra violence. It's becoming a grind. This current season is at a pivotal node now. Perhaps, they should take a lesson from their own episodes, which successfully detoured from the main storyline, and fleshed out an important character--the outstanding "Episode 4 from Season Six: Here's Not Here", shines as a prime example of how to artfully execute this; "The Grove" is another. Or perhaps, they should take a lesson from "Breaking Bad", which ended masterfully, poetically, and as it should have...
I find myself wishing that Shiva had taken out Negan at the climax of "Season 7", and that we'd be moving on to a new story line now, or wrapping it up. Endings--at least proper endings--matter.
"The X-Files" serves as an example of an excellent series that ran too long. Here is one that should've ended with "Season 7".
So upsetting. I was a huge fan. I watched seasons 1-5 more times than I can remember. I'm not sure what changed in the writing department but the show has gradually declined to a point where I find myself pausing the show to check how much time is left to suffer through... I think what I loved about the show in addition to Daryl is the aspect of surviving, finding places to live, gathering supplies and outsmarting the undead. This is a show about zombies and has turned into a absurd drama about waring factions of people. I think there was only ONE zombie in the last episode (8) . It is quite upsetting because I have absolutely loved this show but this will be the last season I purchase. unless I hear there has been a new writing direction I'm finished. I was about to quit the show after Glen because of the horror of it all but hung in there out of loyalty to the show. Now the show is for lack of a better word, boring. Thank you for all the great seasons but season 8 isn't one of them.
Worse Season Ever. After ridiculously trudging our way up to episode 8 of season 8, we have to shoot this zombie show in the head. Talk about repetitively drawing out each episode in order to make money off of TWD series and the season to drain out has destroyed this one time great TV series. The writers of this show are the real zombies and they don't know they and the show are dead. Negan should have been dead in episode 1. Sorry for The Walking Dead, RIP. It will take a miracle to fix this show.
I regret buying this season. I stopped watching after the 2nd episode of the second half but wish I stop a season ago. The show is incoherent and boring. **** Spoiler!!!!**** They kill of the 2nd most important character (Carl) in an action that is not related to the plot, bit by a zombie that you don't even see in real time. Then you get an extra long episode of Carl dieing. This show has made me hate all the characters because the only trait that seems to be consistent is stupid decisions. They make plans and then immediately deviate from the plan, but never learn from their actions or grow as characters. For the love of God, they had Darryl, the ultimate loner outdoors-man tracker, get captures when an entire group of men snook up behind him. Trapped in your compound by a horde of zombies without the fire power needed fight your way out? How can they get out? Just shoot your way out... Makes you think why they didn't do that episodes before. This show has become so bad that for me, it has tainted everything that AMC will produce hence foreword.
Gone are the days of ammunition conservation as the characters seem to be drawing from a limitless munitions factory as they are using ammunition like it's milk that expires tomorrow. All tactical choreography has gone down the tubes in favor of spray-and-pray techniques better suited to a drive-by in downtown Atlanta. But amidst the chaos they still find time for torturous and touching moments as their comrades die. It will all be worth it though if the show's creators can find it in their hearts to abandon the psychopathic villain cliche and move on to the POST part of post-apocalyptic. Infrastructure, logistics and communication are the real challenges facing the group-you really gotta wonder how long they are going to be able to find food, gasoline or such mundane things as car batteries that still hold a charge. And don't even get me going about why the hell no one has fired up a two-way shortwave radio to see what the hell else is going on it the world!